6 Best Ways to Prepare Your Home for the 2021 Spring Market
The real-estate lull during the winter season is perfect for homeowners to spend the time to get their home ready for the spring market! Whether you are planning on scheduling an open house, private in-person showings, or even virtual home showings, one thing is for sure – you want to present your home in the best possible light. Wondering where to get started? Here are 6 of our best tips to help homeowners like yourself in Richmond, Virginia’s best neighborhoods get ahead of the curve in the peak of real estate season!
1. It’s Spring-Cleaning Time
A clean home goes a long way in impressing buyers and encouraging them to be willing to meet the asking price. That is something any reputable real estate agent can attest to.
Here are some key areas to take note of:
Make it a family project to spring clean the entire house from top to bottom – assign everyone a space and get it done in no time!
2.Get A Pest Inspection
It’s always important to have your home regularly inspected for pests. If you’ve been putting this off, now is a good time to get your home checked to see if you might have any possible pest problems that could be a deterrent for potential buyers or even a cause to withdraw from the transaction.
An influx of rodents or insects like termites can lead to costly repairs. Getting ahead of pest control will ensure that there will be no issues when home inspection time comes.
3. Upgrade Your Curb Appeal
There are so many ways to go about this, we wrote an entire article about this!
4. Implement Minor Repairs Around the House
Ask yourself what are some of the things around the home that are not working properly or could potentially be a distraction for buyers during a showing?
Is it a chip on the stairwell? A stain on a rug? Rusting fixtures? Or even peeling paint?
Put together a list of potential minor repairs as you do a walk-through of the house. Once you have the list, organize and prioritize the items on the list and set aside them to either repair them yourself or hire a professional painter or handyman to get the job done for you.
5. Declutter and Stage Your Home
These two steps are essential for a successful showing!
Decluttering is key to ensuring your home looks more spacious, clean, and organized to potential buyers – who doesn’t like a bigger living space?
Strategic staging on the other hand, helps potential buyers visualizing their future in your home. For example, replacing appliances on cluttered countertops with simple decor like a small vase or jar may give them the “Pinterest” worthy vibe they’re dreaming of creating.
6. A Fresh Coat of Paint
Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest and easiest ways to achieve an instant makeover to any living space – indoors or outdoors.
Go with neutral palettes like whites or greys that can help make a space look more spacious, modern, and clean. Trust us when we say, potential buyers love homes that are like a blank canvas that they can work to make their own.
The spring market will be here before you know it! Making some small goals to accomplish during these colder months will ensure your home will be ready come spring. If you have any questions or need a realtor for your sale, don’t hesitate to reach out!